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“Point/Counterpoint: Differing Artistic Styles”
July 12 @ 1:00 pm - August 10 @ 5:00 pm
BluSeed Studios presents
“Point/Counterpoint: Differing Artistic Styles”
featuring paintings & prints by
John Cullen, Matt Hudson & Larry Poole
July 12th – August 17th, 2019
Opening “Meet the Artists” Friday July 12th 5 pm
Gallery Talk 6 pm
John Cullen: This is my story. I am a professional fine artist and educator. At age eleven I knew my future path. In high school I was the class artist. I continued drawing and painting for several years and after a stint in the Army I attended The San Francisco Institute of Art. Since 1952 that path became more directed when I spent the summer on scholarship at the Wayman Adams Old Mill Art School in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State. In 1963 I began a fine art program at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, graduating in 1966 with a diploma in Fine Art. Afterwards I pursued a B.S. in Art Education at New York University completing that in 1969. From there I went to Pratt Institute achieving my M.S. in Art Education and Painting in 1970. While at Pratt I studied with Ralph Wickiser, Joachem Seidl and George Peters who was my advisor. Also at Pratt I was an intern teacher in Life Drawing.
Matt Hudson: Hey, Matt Hudson here from Hudson’s Fine Art to tell you a little about myself and my personal passion: creating artwork that speaks to people.
Art has always been a part of my life. My mother is an art therapist and she was always doing arts and crafts with my sister and me when I was growing up. Something about art that I discovered was that it really has no rules, and that was good for me. I wasn’t the type to stay inside the lines. I made a mess and let the paintbrush or pencil go where it needed to go. My passion for paint and experimenting with colors and techniques carried into my adulthood. I would often use art as a way to escape the pressures of college and everyday life stress. Being an abstract and contemporary artist, my art was, and still is, first and foremost for me. However, I now enjoy sharing my artwork with others and hearing their differing opinions about how the piece speaks to them. Most don’t see exactly the same thing at first glance; my art speaks to people in different ways, and that’s what makes it special.
Currently, my work has been a continuation of using a variety of paints, both on canvas and recycled materials. From stencil work to abstract painting, I enjoy experimenting with different textures and reusing everyday objects as tools to create unique pieces. No two pieces ever come out the same, which makes each a one-of-a-kind Hudson’s Fine Art original. My work has been showcased at the Brewhouse Gallery in Lake Park, FL and is currently on display at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake, NY.
Larry Poole: Saranac Lake artist Larry Poole works in the area of non-toxic intaglio printmaking. His involvement in printmaking began since his retirement when he found himself with an opportunity to reengage in his long standing interest in art and design. While Larry has no formal degree in art, over the years he has found ways to involve himself in the field. His first connection was through black and white photography and the traditional darkroom. He was also able to maintain involvement through his career in college administration where he worked closely with graphic artists and publishers in creating a variety of reports and publications. In recent years he was attracted to return more directly to the visual arts when the relatively new advances in non-toxic etching processes made the area of intaglio printmaking more widely accessible. This interest in printmaking, along with the changes in photography to digital imaging and the “computer darkroom,” has allowed him to delve into art in a way he never thought possible.
Poole’s first explorations in intaglio printmaking gave rise to a style that was very much grounded in the photographic traditional. While his prints have been mainly printed with black inks and other single color inks, through efforts to explore various aspects of the field by working at a local arts center, he has become familiar with the variety of techniques that traditional printmakers used to add color to their work. As a result he has used multiple plates, chine collé, the viscosity method, and watercolor to introduce color in his work. Over time, Poole has also utilized the “digital darkroom” to manipulate his images in a way that give much of his work the feel of a woodcut or line etching. Further, with the development of a paper making studio at his local art center he has also had the opportunity to make hand-made paper which has been used in printing some of his work.